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The Lions of Fifth Avenue

The Lions of Fifth Avenue

In nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis's latest historical novel, a series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces.

It's 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn't ask for more out of life--her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she finds herself drawn to Greenwich Village's new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club--a radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women's rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. But when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she's forced to confront her shifting priorities head on . . . and may just lose everything in the process.

Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she's wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie's running begin disappearing from the library's famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-adverse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage--truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library's history.

Titulo:The Lions of Fifth Avenue
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9781524744618
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Fiona Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of historical novels set in iconic New York City buildings, including THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE (a GMA Book Club Pick) and THE CHELSEA GIRLS. She began her career in New York City as an actress, working on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theater. After getting a master's degree at Columbia Journalism School, she fell in love with writing


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  • David Putnam

    The Lions of Fifth Avenue Aug. 2020What a great read. Five stars all the way. This is a historical mystery with two strong female protagonists, one from 1914 and one from 1992, alternating stories in ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    I love this author!I received a gifted copy from the publisher. If you enjoy this genre, Fiona Davis’ books are a must to add to your shelves. She typically features iconic New York places and space...

  • Christina

    This book had me in the palm of its hand straight from the title, because I have always loved the lions outside the New York Public Library. (Did you know their names are Patience and Fortitude? Altho...

  • Katie B

    4.5 starsI've always loved how Fiona Davis brings something different to the historical fiction genre as a famous building is usually what she focuses on rather than a person or event. For this book m...

  • DeAnn

    *now available4 New York Public Library starsThis was a fascinating historical novel with an amazing setting – the New York Public Library. Filled with compelling characters and the thefts of valuab...

  • Susan Johnson

    Have I been reading too many books during the Pandemic or is the two person story in different time zones been done to death? I am so weary of it. It's become so common place that it is no longer an ...

  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)

    Hidden within the grand architecture of the New York Public Library, Laura Lyons lives in an apartment with her husband and their children. In 1913, Laura seems to have an idyllic life, but she yearns...

  • Susan

    Having liked The Dollhouse by the same author, I was elated to receive an advance review copy of this her newest title.The story covers two resourceful heroines set eighty years apart.Sadie and Laura ...

  • Toni

    Fun tidbit: Listened to Fiona interviewed by Robin Kall from ‘Reading with Robin’ RWR, on her 9/29/20 webinar; and they were joking about the apartment within the NY Public Library should be turne...

  • Karren  Sandercock

    Thanks to Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing Group and Fiona Davis for my copy of: The Lions of Fifth Avenue.In 1913, Jack Lyons is the superintendent of the New York Public Library; he lives in an apartme...

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